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Madonna to perform at Eurovision in Israel despite boycott calls

Madonna to perform at Eurovision in Israel despite boycott calls

Entertainment
Madonna will perform during the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel, it has been confirmed, despite calls for her and other stars to boycott the event.She will sing two songs in Tel Aviv on Saturday night including her 1989 hit Like A Prayer, with a 35-strong choir. The US pop superstar will also showcase her new single Future, featuring American rapper Quavo.There had been speculation about whether she would sing but has now signed a contract this week to appear on the TV show, despite her publicists announcing last month that she would be there.It will be the first time 60-year-old Madonna has performed on the Eurovision stage, and the third where she has visited and sung in Israel. Advertisement ...
Social media: Senior police officer calls for boycott over abuse images

Social media: Senior police officer calls for boycott over abuse images

Technology
A boycott of social media sites could force firms to take action to safeguard children, a senior police officer says.Chief Constable Simon Bailey said the companies were able to "eradicate" indecent imagery on their platforms.Mr Bailey, the UK's lead officer for child protection, said websites would take notice of "reputational damage".The Internet Association, which represents tech firms including Twitter and Facebook, said the industry spent millions removing abusive content.The number of images on the police's child abuse image database has ballooned from less than 10,000 in the 1990s to 13.4 million currently.Starting on Monday, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse will hold two weeks of hearings focusing on internet companies' responses to...
US student detained in Israel for alleged boycott support

US student detained in Israel for alleged boycott support

World
In a groundbreaking case, Israel has detained an American graduate student at its international airport for the past week, accusing her of supporting a Palestinian-led boycott campaign against the Jewish state. The case highlights Israel's concerns about the boycott movement and the great efforts it has made to stop it. The grassroots campaign has made significant inroads in recent years, particularly among university students and millennials. Lara Alqasem, a 22-year-old U.S. citizen with Palestinian grandparents, landed at Ben-Gurion Airport last Tuesday with a valid student visa. But she was barred from entering the country and ordered deported, based on suspicions she is a boycott supporter. An Israeli court has ordered that she remain in custody while she appeals. The weeklong detent...
Israeli music scene jolted by international boycott movement

Israeli music scene jolted by international boycott movement

World
Instead, some 20 acts, including headliner Lana Del Rey, withdrew at the last minute amid apparent pressure from a Palestinian-led international boycott campaign. The cancellations turned the weekend festival, held in the bucolic setting of an Israeli kibbutz, into the latest battleground between Israel and the boycott movement that says it seeks to end Israeli rule over Palestinians. Campaign organizers claimed success, saying it reflects growing opposition to Israeli government policies among international millennials. "The fact that these artists are canceling is showing just how different the younger generation is viewing Israel," said Diana Buttu, a Palestinian analyst who supports the movement known as BDS. The campaign, founded in 2005, calls for boycotts, divestment and sanctions...
Florida shooting: Firms abandon NRA amid consumer boycott

Florida shooting: Firms abandon NRA amid consumer boycott

World
Several US companies have cut ties with the National Rifle Association (NRA) amid calls for a boycott of businesses linked to the powerful gun lobby in the wake of the Florida school shooting.The firms include car rental giants Hertz and Enterprise, which had offered discounts for NRA members.The murder of 17 people has prompted renewed calls for tighter gun controls.Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott has backed calls to raise the minimum age for buying a gun from 18 to 21.Mr Scott has been widely seen as an ally of the NRA who has previously opposed stricter laws in the state. However, he has come under mounting pressure to respond to the demands of students who survived the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.How did the boycott come about?Activists have tried to put pr...